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Weekly reads: Alzheimer’s, dinosaur brains, teratoma, vampire amoeba, new H3K27me3 reader

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Anyone with a seemingly only semi-functional nervous system now post-election might be turning to science to help their brains bounce back. Here are some of the things I’ve been reading or hope to soon. In good news for the stem cell and regenerative medicine field, especially here in California, it looks like us California voters …

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Liveyon is back (again) with unproven exosome product

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Remember our old friends Liveyon? Their leader John Kosolcharoen? Liveyon’s continuing metamorphosis This biologics supply firm has gone through several stages of corporate metamorphosis as a supplier of biologics including at first a purported living umbilical cord stem cell product. That stem cell thrust ultimately landed a dozen or more people in the hospital as …

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Stem cell news bites: Mesoblast, BioTime, MS, FDA Warning, & More

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Stem cell studies continue to make big news with a mixed bag of trends, and some good stem cell news and others not so much. Mesoblast ($MESO) had its stock suspended for quite so time recently in anticipation of a big announcement. When that news came today it was discouraging in the form of its partner …

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Stem cell snake oil for sale at Nordstrom, Amazon, & Ebay?

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What is stem cell snake oil? Stem cells are exotic things ensconced away in biomedical research labs, right? Well, maybe not entirely so these days. It turns out that you can try to sell products for a lot of money by slapping “stem cells” on the label including cosmetics. Take Nordstrom’s. It has 80 stem …

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New FDA IntelliCell Audit Report: A Lot of Work to Do

IntelliCell BioSciences, Inc. of New York, a clinical stem cell establishment, has had a rough time of it lately. For example, a recent piece of bad news is that there is an impending foreclosure sale of the company’s assets. What exactly that means for the company more broadly remains unknown, but a few people tell me (take this …

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Intellicell Inspected By FDA: What Does It Mean?

IntelliCell (SVFC) is a stem cell company that does cosmetic stem cell procedures. They’ve had a number of challenges of late including an FDA warning letter about a year ago and apparent financial issues manifesting in lawsuits. Now the company itself, perhaps trying to get ahead of the news, issued a press release (PR) saying they …

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Sanford-Burnham: We are Not Collaborating with Stemáge Stem Cell Cream

A new stem cell cosmetic cream, Stemáge, being pitched by former super model Kathy Ireland in YouTube commercials has made a number of claims. They have also used suggestive language that they (or their apparently affiliated company Scharp Technologies) were collaborating with what is, in my opinion, one of the best research institutions in the world: …

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Interview with Regenerative Surgeon, Dr. Allan Wu

Over the last few weeks, I have enjoyed talking with and interviewing Dr. Allan Wu, of The Morrow Institute on stem cell cosmetic procedures. I was impressed greatly by his talk at the World Stem Cell Summit last year. Dr. Wu is a fellowship trained Surgical Molecular Biologist with a background in Molecular Embryology and a board …

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